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90210 Hits Big National Number for CW

The premiere of "90210" -- the spinoff of the 1990 Fox series, "Beverly Hills 90210" -- set national ratings records for the CW network.

According to the network, it was the highest-rated season premiere among scripted series in key demographic categories in the network's brief history and was No. 1 in the key age 18 through 49 demographic.

Locally, it averaged about a 3.3 rating on WNLO-TV. That's a good number for the local CW affiliate but the return of "One Tree Hill" (3.9) scored higher on Monday.

One wonders if "90210" might have even done better if the CW had allowed skeptical critics to preview it before it ran.

More surprising than the strong national ratings, after a racy start the two-hour premiere settled down and was sweet, funny (thanks to Jessica Walter as grandma) and had a strong musical soundtrack.

It featured a star-making performance by Shenae Grimes, the Canadian actress who plays Annie Wilson, the 15-year-old teen who moved from Kansas to Beverly Hills with her adopted brother and responsible parents. More on the premiere and its depiction of parents in a future addition of The Buffalo News.

If you missed it, the CW repeats it at 8 tonight.   

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Alan Pergament

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Alan Pergament has continued to blog about television topics since retiring in 2010 as The News' television writer after 28 years on the beat. From local on-air personalities to ratings to the latest on network and cable programming, he keeps you informed.

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